TOUR WESTERN SHORE OF LAKE LLANQUIHUE
Excursion at the western shore of lake Llanquihue starts with a ride in Puerto Montt, capital of the Lake District and continue on to Puerto Varas, also known as the City of Roses, where you will be amazed by its natural wonders and the classical German style of the area.
In the mid nineteenth century, German expedition member Bernardo Phillipi informed that the territory was suitable to be populated by colonists brought from Germany. Once the colonizing project was approved by the central government, the first shipment of German immigrants landed on present Puerto Montt. Later on, these people settled on the shores of Lake Llanquihue (which stands for "hidden or submerged place" in the Mapundungun tongue).
With special charm and very attractive in the area, Puerto Varas is a city located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue. The city is well known for its German traditions, its food, its fish and seafood, the natural environment, its casino and 5 star hotels, located on the shore of Llanquihue lake, one of the largest natural lakes in South America.
Next you will pass through the small city Llanquihue and its industries established by the first Europeans in the area. Soon after we continue on through peninsula Punta Larga towards Frutillar, area called the "Chilean Switzerland". Once in Frutillar you will enjoy its crystal water beach, its clean streets decorated with well-organized gardens and its very well preserved wooden houses with a wonderful view to the lake.
German Colonial Museum recreates the colonial way of life for the many Germans that came to establish themselves in Frutillar over 150 years ago. There are four main buildings including a mill, the grain house (including carriages on display) blacksmith workshop, and the family house of that time. These are set in lovely gardens.
The perfect cone of Osorno volcano and the snowcapped peaks of Calbuco volcano and Mt. Tronador are clearly visible from the lakefront if weather permits, been one of the wonderful landscapes of the region.
NOTE: * Indicated rate, does not apply to cruise passengers. In this case we should add costs of authorizations for enter to the port and comply with all the standards specified and required (vehicle, driver, tour guide). **Groups of 7 or more passengers, please send an e-mail and ask for a quotation, thanks.